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Metaxa The famous Greek brandy is named after the founder Spyros Metaxa (+1909). He acquired this with his two brothers in Piraeus in the region in 1880 Attica extensive vineyards in the best locations. He experimented with the mix of different wines and started with the distillation of the product named after 1888. When the first factory was built, an ancient coin with the symbol of the "Salamina warrior" was found. The name derives from the famous battle at the island of Salamis in 480 BC. BC, in which the Greek fleet of Themistocles defeated the fleet of the Persian king Xerxes I (519-465 BC). The find was seen "as a sign of divine intervention" and the coin became the trademark of the company, which is on everyone label emblazoned. Metaxa was already in the 1900s United States exported.

Today the brandy is sold in 110 countries. In 1960 Spyros and Elias Metaxa joined the company. In 1989 the family sold it to Distillers & Vintners (IDV). Finally acquired in 2000 Rémy Cointreau the majority of shares. Metaxa is still produced with the same traditional method and care. The grapes used to make Metaxa ripen on average over 2000 hours in the Mediterranean sun. The fermented wine from three different grape varieties is combined with an existing one wine distillate to at least 18% to a maximum of 24% vol alcohol content strengthened. The resulting one fortified wine is then distilled to a high-proof distillate with 52 to 86% vol. This is only intended for further processing.

The distillates are stored for years in French oak barrels from the Limousin area. The initially bright color changes to golden yellow. Then the distillates are made through a secret herbal mixture (one of the known ingredients are Rose petals ) filtered and only then the finished product is finished by artfully blending various distillates. Depending on the brand, the alcohol content of the finished Metaxa is 38 to 40% vol. Compared to other brandies like Armagnac or cognac exhibits a metaxa honey - sweetish and rose flavors on. As with any brandy, a small amount of the evaporates during storage alcohol, Spyros Metaxa was said to be convinced (at least as a marketing gimmick) that this " angels share “Brought to Mount Olympus by good spirits and served there to the gods.

The number of stars refers to the barrel storage time in years, there are 3-star, 5-star, 7-star and (shown in the picture above) 12-star metaxas. Limited editions are issued on various occasions, such as the 15-year-old "Grand Olympian Reserve" in a porcelain carafe or "Centenary", which is sold in numbered bottles and costs a few hundred euros. These top products differ by the ingredient of rare herbal and plant extracts. The oldest but rarely offered is the “Private Reserve”, which was stored for 30 years (previously 40). The company also has a ouzo (Anise schnapps) produced.

Complete lists of the numerous vinification measures or cellar techniques, as well as the various types of wine, sparkling wine and distillate regulated by wine law are under the keyword winemaking contain. There is extensive wine law information under the keyword wine law,

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